the traditional loaf of rich white bread, typically having a braided or twisted form, eaten by Jews on the Sabbath and holidays
Origin of challahYiddish khale ; from Classical Hebrew (language) chala, loaf of bread
also cha·lah or hal·lah
A loaf of yeast-leavened egg bread, usually braided, traditionally eaten by Jews on the Sabbath, holidays, and other ceremonial occasions.
Origin of challahHebrew &hlowdot;allâ; see &hlowbrev;ll in Semitic roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural challahs or challos)
- (countable) A traditional bread eaten by Ashkenazi Jews, usually braided for the Sabbath and round for Yom Tov.
- (uncountable) The commandment to separate a portion of bread or bread dough for the cohanim (Numbers 15:17–21); in contemporary practice, the portion is burned until inedible.
- (countable) The portion separated in fulfillment of the above.